Reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Celtic could keep loan star Diego Laxalt beyond the end of the season.

Di Marzio claims that the December 3rd meeting between the two sides in the Europa League could become a start date for negotiations. He states that both clubs “could set up the operation” before 2020 is over, after a fine start to life in Glasgow for the Uruguayan.

Results may not have gone Celtic’s way since the transfer window closed in October, but Laxalt’s displays have been one of the shining lights in recent weeks.

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The left-back managed to save Neil Lennon’s skin yesterday at Easter Road too, bagging a last-gasp equaliser in Leith to down Hibs. It was his first goal since arriving from Milan on loan last month.

Di Marzio has also floated the fact that Milan were interested in Celtic’s Kris Ajer over the summer, and it’ll be interesting to see if he’s part of any deal to keep Laxalt in Scotland come the end of the season.

Celtic must make the effort with Laxalt

The fact that Laxalt has been performing so well despite poor overall team performances speaks volumes of his quality. Goodness knows just how well he’d be performing if his team-mates were playing to his standards.

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As for Di Marzio’s December claim, it shouldn’t really take a European clash between Milan and Celtic for the two clubs to start negotiations. Or perhaps that’s just a date that’s being viewed as an opportunity by the club to put some groundwork in.

Regardless, we’ve yet to really know what the player himself would think regarding a move to Scotland permanently.

Diego Laxalt celebrates after scoring against Hibs

Diego Laxalt celebrates after scoring against Hibs (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Yes, we’ve managed to rejuvenate Laxalt’s career by giving him consistent game-time, but he can’t be impressed with the standard he’s been playing with recently. He’ll surely want to see more quality and consistency from the rest of his team-mates if he’s to stay longer.

Of course, it’s funny how success can change a player’s mind. If Celtic do indeed secure 10-in-a-row, plus the fact Laxalt has yet to experience a full Celtic Park, then that could be enough to sway him considering he would only be going back to the Milan bench if he returned to Italy.

We’ll see what happens with this one, but with Di Marzio reporting that it could be a goer at some stage, that’s a positive start for the Celtic support.

In other news, Neil Lennon has talked up the prospect of one of his injured stars returning this week.

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